Bear with me on this column. It is easy to criticize me if you only read the headline. However, I want to address a larger issues he has raised. Furthermore, Trump did this country a favor regarding political hypocrisy and media objectivity.
As Donald Trump continues his buffoonish campaign toward the Republican convention, he repeatedly babbles about his prowess, his deals, his friends, and his assurances that he alone can solve the nation’s problems. He demonstrates a complete lack of understanding regarding foreign policy and a complete lack of civility when dealing with adversarial positions and candidates.
When Chris Matthews of “Hardball” asked Donald Trump questions about his pro-life position and whether Trump would arrest women who get an abortion, Trump was completely flummoxed. Trump hemmed and hawed but Matthews pressed Trump into saying that, if the law of the land said abortion was illegal, Trump would enforce the law and arrest women who get an abortion. Matthews then questioned Trump about what the length of the prison term should be for a woman who gets an abortion and Trump could not answer.
That exchanged opened the floodgates of criticism from Ted Cruz, Democrats, others in the media, women, and the entire range of American citizens. The response has been so virulent and so unequivocal that it may have effectively ended his chances for the Republican nomination to run for President.
And that would be wrong.
If the media asked any pro-life, anti-abortion candidate from Ted Cruz to an obscure councilperson in rural Oklahoma, the answer would have to be the same. If they want abortions to be illegal in America and if they are going to pass laws to that effect, then all of them must enforce the laws and imprison women, give women a ticket, or whatever punishment their laws deem suitable. That’s the oath they take to uphold the laws of the United States. Trump is not the outlier. His inarticulate answer to Matthews’ question illustrated the systemic hypocrisy of the Republican party, its candidates, and their use of abortion as an issue to manipulate part of their constituency.
The media should held accountable. Why aren’t the other Republican candidates subjected to the same question? How are the Koch brothers recommending their candidates punish women? Ted Cruz says Trump’s statements are deplorable but what would Cruz do? Would he say abortions are illegal and not enforce his own law? If he writes a law making something a crime, would he not have a punishment for breaking the law? What is Cruz’s proposed punishment? What is the Councilperson in Oklahoma’s proposed punishment? The media should be asking these questions of all anti-abortion candidates – not just Trump.
Trump’s biggest mistake is being an independent candidate who flew too close to the sun of electibility. The oligarchy had to bring him back to earth and they pulled out the stops. A marginal reporter from the less-than-marginal Breitbart media is thrust into the spotlight for alleging Trump’s campaign manager assaulted her and the film is not consistent with her statement. Nonetheless, the media demands the campaign manger’s resignation and Trump is attacked for standing by him and demanding this issue be settled in a court of law.
Trump should not be President of the United States. He is not intellectually qualified nor emotionally capable. The same might be said of other candidates. The point is that the voters must decide – not the oligarchy and its media.